Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
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6800 N. Chestnut St, Ravenna, OH 44266 



  Christie Robinson, M.Ed.
  Director of iLearn Innovation Institute                        ACE Products & Consulting LLC 

Polyurethanes in Medical Devices 

This is a practical course dealing with the chemistry and technology of polyurethanes intended for engineers and other technologists, marketing specialists, and sales personnel involved in the medical device industry. Overall, the course provides an introduction to the terminology, overall chemistry and the scope of polyurethanes use in the medical or related pharmaceutical applications. Definitions related to aliphatic and aromatic classifications and relationships among polyester, polyether, polycarbonate, siloxane, and other key backbone types are discussed both chemically and in terms of application to specific devices. Processing methods related to polymerization and end use device fabrication are discussed including extrusion, injection molding, coating processes, and electro-spinning will be presented. Key applications are identified along with pertinent rationale for urethane selection. These include catheters, surgical drapes, wound dressing, vein grafts, spine implants, transdermal drug delivery, adhesive, coatings and the like. Finally, emerging technologies related to urethane technology such as nanomaterials, antimicrobials, new backbone chemistries will be discussed.

Tour: There will be an optional tour of the ACE Products & Consulting LLC facility during the day.

Cost: $725

Instructor: David Russell, Consultant

Hotel Information: ACE Products & Consulting LLC has a negotiated rate of $119 at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center. You can call the hotel directly at (330) 346-0100 or reserve online at www.kentstatehotel.com and use promotion code ACE for our rate.

Instructor Bio:

Dave Russell is a graduate of the University of Akron where he studied Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry and Polymer Science.  Dave has worked in the polymer industry for over 40 years working for companies like Goodyear Synthetic, Eaton Corp, Akron Rubber Development Laboratory Inc, Akron Polymer Laboratory Inc, Smithers Scientific Inc, Citrics Biomedical Inc, Biomerics LLC, Theken Spine LLC and Integra Life Sciences Inc. 

Dave’s has extensive experience an all levels of business from bench chemist to CEO operating: materials R&D labs, compounding plants, polymerization units, quality organizations and entire businesses.  After 15 years with Eaton’s Engineered Polymer Products Division he returned to UofA to study Polymer Science then in 1992 formed Akron Polymer Laboratory Inc. 

In 2003, after selling Akron Polymer Laboratory Inc, Dave formed Akron BioMaterials Inc. a business specializing in medical grade polymeric materials.  Most recently, Dave sold the assets and know-how of Akron BioMaterials Inc to Biomerics LLC a supplier of medical grade polymerics, catheters, and injection molded products. 

Dave’s bibliography includes multiple patents and publications in the areas of polyurethanes, high energy radiation crosslinking, spine implants, bone grafts, nano- materials, and anti-microbials.